Leadership in Agile Software Development Methods

  • Claudio León de la Barra
  • Sergio Galdames
  • Broderick CrawfordEmail author
  • Ricardo Soto
  • Kathleen Crawford
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 529)


There is a common agreement that Leadership is represented by two main ideas: direction and influence. The first related to the knowledge of where the organization should be oriented and the second with the capacity to mobilize others towards that direction. Recent research has rejected these assumptions, stating emphatically that the power of organizations and teams are not in these mythical figures (as the super leader), but in the knowledge shared by all its members. Thus, finding the right direction and success on the path undertaken shall not rest in the hands of one person, but in the capabilities of the entire group.

This paper analyses how this approach to leadership can be observed in software development teams, specifically through agilists methods (Extreme Programming).


Software development Extreme programming Leadership Distributed leadership 



Broderick Crawford is supported by Grant CONICYT / FONDECYT / REGULAR / 1140897. Ricardo Soto is supported by Grant CONICYT / FONDECYT / INICIACION / 11130459.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudio León de la Barra
    • 1
  • Sergio Galdames
    • 1
  • Broderick Crawford
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Ricardo Soto
    • 1
    • 4
    • 5
  • Kathleen Crawford
    • 1
  1. 1.Pontificia Universidad Católica de ValparaísoValparaísoChile
  2. 2.Universidad Central de ChileSantiagoChile
  3. 3.Universidad San SebastiánSantiagoChile
  4. 4.Universidad Autónoma de ChileSantiagoChile
  5. 5.Universidad Cientifica del SurLimaPeru

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